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March 9, 2020

5 Ways to Play Like a Kid in Tampa Bay for the Best Day Ever

By Laura Byrne

Who says kids should have all the fun? We’re sharing some of our favorite ways to channel your inner child and PLAY while the kids are safe at home with a sitter or the grandparents!

Related: 8 Date Night Ideas from TampaBayDateNightGuide.com

Lucky you for calling Tampa Bay home because there are so many ways to get out and enjoy what’s out there! So, let’s get to it!

 

Glazer Children's Museum Parents Night

ONE: A Night at the Museum

Local museums like Glazer Children’s Museum and MOSI host special events on select dates throughout the year, and lucky YOU, they’ve got some awesome adults-only nights coming up soon! Glazer Children’s Museum hosts about six adults-only events per year and MOSI hosts around three.

Upcoming events:

Glazer Children’s Museum: Grown Up Night: Spring Break: 
March 13 from 5:30 -8 p.m.
$20 presale, $25 at the door | glazermuseum.org
Play like it’s 1990 or 1980 something as you and your fellow grownups take over Glazer Children’s Museum for a spring break-inspired night! There will be free beer from Florida Avenue Brewing,free snacks from local restaurants and a cash bar. This event is for the 21+ only crowd only!

MOSI Science After Dark
April 3 from 6-9 p.m.
$14.95. 18+ only | mosi.org
Explore MOSI and put your STEM skills to work as you sample free wine and beer (21+ crowd only, of course!). You’ll also be able to sample foods from local restaurants.

 

Play Like a Kid SkyZone

TWO: Soar to New Heights

Aim for the sky at SkyZone Trampoline Park. This place is a blast with the kids but even more fun when it’s just you and your closest pals! You can freestyle jump or give your SkySlam skills a try and take the slam dunk to new heights! There are SkyZones located in Tampa and Clearwater.

You can even give indoor skydiving a try at iFLY in Tampa or climb to the treetops at TreeHoppers in Dade City. MOSI’s Sky Trail Ropes Course is a must-do, too!

 

Play Like a Kid ZooBrews

THREE: Go Wild with some special events just for you!

Elevate your visit to ZooTampa or Busch Gardens with amazing animal experiences. Take a Backstage tour at ZooTampa or book a Sloth Encounter and/or a Serengeti Safari at Busch Gardens. Usually, these experiences are off-limits if you have very young kids with you, so take advantage of this time to do something unique! Sea Grapes Wine and Food returns to the Florida Aquarium on May 30, 2020-where adults take over to sip 100+ wines and beers and taste delicious samples from restaurants across Tampa Bay.

ZooTampa, Busch Gardens, and the Florida Aquarium are also hosting these awesome events that are perfect for a date night:

Events to put on the calendar:

ZooBrews at ZooTampa – March 7 from 7-11 p.m.
$80 for members; $90 for non-members. VIP ticke
21+ only | zootampa.org
Up-close wildlife, unlimited food and drinks, life music, games and Dinos Alive! Win-win because the party helps support the zoo’s conservation and educational programs and animal care.

Busch Gardens Food and Wine Festival
Now Through April 26, 2020 | buschgardens.com
Get your thrills on record-breaking roller coasters like Tigris and the new Iron Gwazi and then chill for an evening of delicious food, wine and live music when the Food and Wine Festival kicks off at noon with 80 wines, craft brews and cocktails. March concerts include The Commodores, Three Dog Night and Ezra Ray Hart (a supergroup featuring Mark McGrath of Sugar Ray, Kevin Griffin of Better than Ezra and Emerson Hart of Tonic.) Kids can attend if you aren’t able to snag a sitter,

Splash Back Extended Hours at the Florida Aquarium
March 21 from 5:00 pm-9:30 pm | flaquarium.org
Join in on the 25th anniversary fun with your favorite tunes from the 90’s along with special animal ambassador visits. You can even upgrade for $15 to take a sunset cruise on the Bay Spirit II. Kids can also attend this event!

Play Like a Kid Gametime

FOUR: Go gaming!

Head to PK’s PlayZone & Grille in Tampa or GameTime in Centro Ybor. One of our favorite ways to get to GameTime is by TECO Streetcar. Grab dinner at Sparkman Wharf and then trolley over to GameTime for some arcade fun! Speaking of fun, the kids love laser tag, so why not give it a try at Q-Zar in Tampa!

 

Play Like a Kid in Tampa Bay Lost Pearl Pirate Ship

FIVE: Set sail on a swashbuckling adventure!

Pirate Water Taxi’s recently expanded its fleet and our favorite new addition is the pirate ship, the Lost Pearl! While it’s a blast for kids, it’s also a perfect outing for just the parents. Head to the grog bar for a pint or two and a  cruise through downtown Tampa. You can also board the Pirate Water Taxi boats where there are 70+ restaurants along the water taxi routes!

 

Sugar Factory Hard Rock TampaExtra Credit: Go for the sweets!

Celebrity favorite The Sugar Factory is now open at the Seminole Hard Rock Casino in Tampa! There are some sweet and salty bites and 21+ drinks like you’ve never tasted before.

We’re also fans of Aubi and Ramsa Ice Cream which is also in the Seminole Hard Rock Casino. There is another location on W. Kennedy Blvd near Downtown Tampa. The spiked ice-cream features flavors like The Strawberries Rose with Veuve Clicquot and St. Germain.

 

Originally published in the March 2020 issue of Tampa Bay Parenting Magazine.

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